It’s like something out of science-fiction – the ability to control your home through a myriad of connected devices alongside an artificial intelligence system which communicates to the electronic infrastructure on your behalf.

Of course, this is closer to reality than fiction. AI assistants already exist, with Apple using Siri, and Microsoft installing its Cortana AI on Windows Phone devices. Even Google has been experimenting with AI with the recent acquisition of the British start-up, DeepMind.

One new report claims a home-based control system is in the works. Apple is rumoured to be working on such a service, which would mark the company’s entrance into the connected home space.

(This comes after Google purchased connected devices maker Nest for $US3 billion earlier this year).

The Financial Times claims Apple will bake the control system into iOS, allowing users to control their home devices from their smartphones. Third-party hardware makers would be able to integrate with the system – theoretically the iPhone would be able to control connected devices like light bulbs or door locks.

Whether or not the technology comes to pass, the rise of the connected device market requires an AI infrastructure with which to control them. Just as good technology requires an intuitive user interface, being able to control a myriad of connected devices needs to be effortless.

But this is only the precursor to what the connected device market will become. With billions of connected devices expected to flood the market by 2020, there is still plenty of time for the infrastructure to become more ingrained. With that in mind, the real power of the connected device market hasn’t yet evolved.

The current market is set for growth. With most people in developed countries owning mobile phones and smartphones, the ability to control these devices exists, (and will become more powerful if Apple’s software is eventually released). The catalyst to connect with the internet of things is already in users’ hands – the network of devices simply needs to expand.

This provides a challenge to makers of connected devices, and even the business customers who await their arrival – with the beginnings of massive connected infrastructure already beginning to appear, what are you doing to prepare?